Posts Tagged ‘recipes’

I’m trying to keep you all updated on my progress. The boy’s beds arrived Tuesday afternoon, assembly required. There is just not enough time after I get home and before their bedtime to build them. It will have to wait until this Friday. Of course, my husband injured his shoulder yesterday, so I will need to call in a favor or two from an adoptive husband for a day to do the heavy lifting. I’m pretty self sufficient when it comes to building (I can and do read the directions) so I can handle the rest.

We had a couple of nice days and I was able to air out the house a little, got the itch to work in the yard but held off because of the frost at night. The “inside” projects were stalled out due to my lack of get up and go. I am so over the inside of my house right now.

I guess the crazy witch Mother Nature has a different plan for me. She apparently wants me to complete the inside projects. 😦

It is once again cold and damp in my world and there is snow (insert ugly face here) in the forecast again. This will be a working weekend……again. Will winter ever end?????

To-do’s

1. Build 2 loft beds
2. Clean Sanitize the boy’s bathroom
3. Clean, organize and dust the living room.
4. Shampoo carpets – Apparently thunderstorms are causing a great deal of stress to Mr. Poopsalot. He may need to start doggie xanex or something. This is ridiculous!
5. Pray for sunshine!

Oh….and of course update my blog!

Bonus information: Try this recipe I found on Momswhothink.com. It was delicious! And the kids loved it too!

Blue Ribbon Pork Chops
Ingredients:

2 eggs
¼ cup mustard
¼ cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
8 pork chops
seasoned salt

Directions:

1. In a small mixing bowl, beat together eggs and mustard.

2. In a separate small mixing bowl, dissolve brown sugar and vinegar; add to egg mixture.

3. Brush both sides pork chops with brown sugar mixture and place into a greased 13×9 baking dish. ****This confused me because you cook it in a skillet on top of the stove, you do not bake it*****

4. Sprinkle with seasoned salt; grill 10 minutes on each side or until juices run clear when pierced with a fork (baste at least once more during grilling time). Serve with baked beans. Makes 6 servings.

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As you know, I am laid up with a bum back. I attempted to go to work, but the pain was so bad I left at lunch and came home for a nice narcotic cocktail and a heating pad.

Since it hurts to bend over or stand for too long, I have enlisted the boys to assist me in everything. Hormonal teenager feels sorry for me and finds it interesting how many things I do during the day that require me to bend over or climb up on a stool. (Mechanic man banned me from the stool after I fell off it on day 1) Hyper child thinks helping me is best thing since sliced bread. I think I will continue to enlist his help even after I feel better.

This is what I ended up with for the fridge project. Not very pretty, but I still plan on adding picture frames. I am also planning on getting some vinyl stickers so the titles don’t get rubbed off.
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This is the before pic of the space above the fridge.
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I started by removing everything and wiping down all the surfaces.
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I emptied the basket of all the craft items and washed the liner. I repurposed it for baking pans. I donated the craft items to my sister because she has younger children and she has both girls and boys.
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My BFF has me attempting to join her on the journey to cheaptitude. As always, check out her blog….sobomama.wordpress.com
She is always saying that being aware of what you have will save you money because you won’t end up duplicating items in your pantry and letting items go unused and expire. So I tackled my spices. I kept them above the stove, not a good idea.

After combining duplicates, throwing out expired items and sorting out the ones I don’t use, (I inherited some from my mom) I ended up with this.
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In true cheaptitude, I saved the basket from the trash at work and cleaned it up. I can slide the whole basket into the cupboard and when I’m ready to cook, I can place it on the counter and everything I need will be at my finger tips.

After that, I tried a new recipe. Taco Sandwiches. Another one from pilsbury.com/recipes
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Another keeper. Mechanic Man and the boys loved it!

As a bonus, I repurposed the space above the stove for less used items that will not go bad.
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I took the time and cleaned off what used to be our launch pad. I was not aware that we had out grown the space. Is it even possible to outgrow a launch pad? I knew the trombone wouldn’t fit, but I honestly thought that the book bags etc would. Nothing seems to be working for me lately, first the fridge and now the launch pad. UGH!

So I am back at square one. I need to find a solution that will work long term and I need to find it fast. My mud room is long and narrow, houses the salt tank and the washer and dryer and the door opens in…directing you into those items. It’s a mess! I’ve done as much as I can with it. I need the door to open in the other way, but mechanic man says it’s not as easy as that. I think I will have my neighbor (surrogate husband) change it for me this spring.

Since that didn’t work out for me last night or the night before, I decided to indulge in some not so good for you Bacon Cheeseburger Calzones. OMG! Sooooo Delicious! I got the recipe from http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes. It was easy to make and the kids loved it!
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I have had this pinned in my Pinterest account for awhile and I think it may work in the corner of my dining room which is right next to the entrance to the mud room. Plus it’s next to the slider, which is our main entrance in warmer weather. Currently the dog food container resides there, so a new home will be needed for that.
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It will also work out because the next room to get freshened up with a new coat of paint is the dining room and kitchen. I think my corner is smaller than this one but I’m pretty sure I can make it work for my space too. I’m going to attempt to build this myself. I don’t want mechanic man putting a kabosch on this project too! (The picture frames on the fridge is still an area of discussion, I say I’m going to do it and he tries to take my magnets)

Until then, I am going to focus on decluttering the kitchen and dining room space. There is not a lot to do in there and I will make sure to take before and after photos of the spaces, but 7 years in this house and 2 young boys, I have a large collection of dried play dough, markers that don’t mark, and crafting supplies that are now too “girly” for boys to use. So I guess my next post will be about that. What I used, where I got it, what I used it for…etc.

Update: We found a kitty, we think she is strange. She is super cute, but strange. I will post pics later, she is still a little cameral shy.

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Oh…and I quit smoking today. Last cigarette smoked – Wednesday Feb 13th, 2013 @ 5:30 Pm.

Seeing as most of my resolutions are falling behind, I’ve been looking in webland to try and find some helpful tips and tricks to make my dream of a better me a reality. sobomama.worpress.com has a ton of ideas for repurposing in her journey to cheaptitude. (Also, she’s my bestest friend!) Her ideas are great, and I LOVE them, I want to do them…..but they don’t always fit into my lifestyle or my space. 😦 Storage space in my home is little to none, no hall closet, no pantry and so on. But her post about organizing a freezer has changed my life! If you get irritated because items in your freezer are lost and ruined in the chaos, check it out! WOW!

Pinterest is an addiction a great place for ideas too. I’ve shared a couple of the decorating ideas I’ve found and my version of them. I love them because they make decorating look neat and tidy, setting the mood for the rest of the house. But my last adventure got shot down by mechanic man. He said this looked like a 1950’s design.

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Why did I take him shopping with me again? What I ended up with was a stainless steel looking dry erase board. No frames, no color. No pretty printable menu planner for the main attraction. Very boring weekend craft project. So borning in fact, that I didn’t even attempt to do it. 😦

I have a feeling though, that I will end up with a version of what I envisioned for the fridge by the end of this weekend. I just won’t take him with me to pick up the frames.

With that I have decided to focus on a couple of my resolutions at a time. Based on the last month, there are just too many changes to make all at once. I thought that baby steps would work, but apparently my baby steps are still too large. So here is my new plan.

1. Focus on creating a well running home. Making sure that everything has a place and it is in it when not in use. Creating and utilizing a launch pad for mornings (created it, only to have it get piled with stuff because no one took those items to their homes), and getting the kids into a pattern of behavior that will decrease morning anxiety.

2. Focus on creating a well running business. Having my husband retrained adjust his paper work habits to decrease my paper work anxiety. This will decrease the amount of time I spend on it all year, allowing me a fraction of time for myself.

I think that working on those 2 right now will free up time allowing me the freedom to work out and lose those nasty 40 lbs. I would really like to make progress towards that before I see my doctor in May! I hate getting scolded.

I will post pics of the launch pad tomorrow. I am implementing it tonight! 2013 – You will not discourage me!

Yesterday was my birthday. Mechanic man planned nothing. It is just another day I suppose. It’s just that I try to make sure that everyone’s birthday is special in my house and I got nothing. I’ve always said that it’s not a birthday without balloons. They did tell me happy birthday and constantly reminded me that it was my birthday, and that I should decide what to do.

There are a few things I don’t think the birthday person should ever have to do.

1. They should never have to decide what to do for their birthday the day of. If it was your plan to take me out, but wanted me to choose the place, fine. But I should be informed of this a few days prior to my birthday. It lets me know that you’ve actually thought about it.

2. I don’t think that the birthday person should ever have to make their own cake. EVER!

Although I did not make my cake, I think they were hinting towards it all day. (I do make a mean birthday cake!) And my friends and my sisters did not forget me.

But I got no card, no cake, no balloons, nothing. This doesn’t happen every year, and honestly I’m not going around for months ahead of time reminding everyone either. I really didn’t expect much, but I thought I would get at the very least….a card. It made me feel like the only people who wanted to celebrate my birth were my parents, and they are all gone. So I cried on my birthday.

Will I say anything to mechanic man? Probably not. They only thing I said is when he asked me for the 100th time…”What do you want to do today?” I replied, “Exactly what you planned for me, nothing.”

I’m getting older and the excitement for being another year older is fading anyway. Will I not try so hard for everyone else, no. I will continue making their day as special as I can because I love them and that’s what I do.

2013 Resolution update:
1. Did not start exercising like I should have.
2. Repeated snow days has given the boys cabin fever and I am unsure of how to spend time with them when they
are trying to kill each other.
3. We are eating at home more….obviously, since we didn’t even go out for my birthday.
4. 2012 paperwork is nearly ready for the tax accountant.
5. Ebay store has stalled out, the book is soooooo boring!
6. I’m down to 5-7 cigs a day instead of 10-15.
7. The garden is on hold until spring.
8. Collecting supplies for the refrigerator project, expected completion is this weekend.
9. I am still successfully deflecting drama from outside sources.

Oh, and we are currently on the hunt for a kitten. Per the allergic husband’s request.

You have good days, you have bad days. Sometimes, you have good weeks, and you have bad weeks. Crazy part is, it’s been unusually good.

The hormonal 13 year old has had a steady improvement on his grades once we put our parental feet down, my sister has been a huge help with the business paperwork, and I am making progress in the house. But with all of this good news, why do I feel like I should be waving the white flag?

Probably because after catching and releasing the bug that went around over New Years, I have been non stop at trying to keep up with my resolutions, make a positive change in my life for once. And it’s a LOT of hard work. Which stands to reason why so many resolutions get tossed aside in February and March.

As much as I would like to waive the white flag, becuase I still can’t find that SD card reader to add pics to this blog, or because I am exhausted, and staying that way to try and keep up, I won’t. I have given up on the card reader, I will replace it on my next trip to Walmart. Which means I will find it within 24 hours of replacing it, and I will then have 2. And I am okay with that.

My friend and follower sobomama.wordpress.com nominated me for the Very Inspiring/Lovely Blogger Award.
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So a big thank you to her! Check out her site by the way, full of tons of money saving and organizing tips!

So according to the rules I have to tell you 7 thing about me:

1. I only watched soap operas because it meant an hour and a half when the boys would leave me alone.
2. I HATE spiders!
3. I LOVE to read but never have the time
4. I love to garden, but I don’t like vegetables
5. When I was 4, I wanted to be a stripper
6. I started dating my husband when I was 15. We’ve been together ever since
7. Unlike most women, I’m not fond of chocolate or shopping

My nominees are:

1. http://sugardishme.com
2. http://victoriablt.wordpress.com
3. http://sturner2.wordpress.com
4. http://domesticdivamd.wordpress.com
5. http://texanaskitchen.wordpress.com
6. http://TammyeHoney.wordpress.com
7. http://chrismartinwrites.wordpress.com
8. http://thebettermanprojects.wordpress.com
9. http://malouprestado.com
10. http://ladyromp.wordpress.com

Here’s hoping our words make a difference to someones life!

So this year I have made resolutions, like so many others. But I plan on being accountable for all of them.  This blog is going to be my accountablility.

Last year was the first year I have ever completed a resolution.  Really, this was out of pure determination that I was able to do even that.  That resolution was to de-clutter my home. I finished that on December 30th after 6 days of steady de-cluttering, before and after Christmas.  It was very stressful, but I was very proud of myself.

So here are this years resolutions. Some are for fun and some are just necessity.

1. Lose 40 lbs – This is heafty goal I know.  Family history, current issues and my personal need to be happy with the reflection in my mirror are feeding the goal.

2. Spend more time with my boys – This one, well, it’s both a want and a necessity.  See, my oldest is 13 and my youngest is 9.  Right now, they still want to hang out some with dear old mom, but I know that it is nearing its end, and I want to claim as much time as I can with them.  It feels like the last 13 years have just slipped by.

3. Eat at home more – This one goes with number 1 in a way.  It also is for the simple reason that I hate the way eating out makes me feel.  Just yucky!

4. Keep up on the business paperwork – My husband and I started a business 2 years ago and I am the entire office staff.  I also work full time outside of the home, so I tend to be behind on all the office duties.  This year I intend to keep up on it with diligence and determination!

5. Start an eBay store – This is for the business.  I need to get some of the inventory we aquired this year up for sale and out the door!

6. Quit smoking – Again, family history and current issues are really fueling this resolution.  I’ve decided that this blog will be the only place I will talk about this resolution, when I quit, I will do it quietly.  Not so I am not accountable, but so I am only accountable to the only person that matters, me.

7. Garden – This is just for me.  I love love love to garden.  Bringing myself closer to nature lights something deep within me and I, well, it relaxes me.  Brings me closer to my parents in a way.  Heals the heart where the wounds are too deep.

8.  Continue Organizing my home – I want to keep up on the one and only resolution I was able to complete.  And I would like to extend the reach of that organization outside as well.  I also believe that although I eliminated a ton of clutter from my home, there is more that I could part with.

9.  LESS OTHER PEOPLES DRAMA! – If you need an ear while you unload, I’m there for ya.  But if you want a place to drop off your drama and pick it up later, after I’ve fixed elimated it for you.  Well, you’ve stopped at the wrong house!

Ok, so I realize that there are a lot of items on this list.  In a way though, they go hand in hand.  Last resolution, I will post at least once a week on my progress.  I will post pics when I can, and links to the places that I get tips from.  If I screw up, you’ll be the first to know, and if I succeed, you will be the first to know.

Next week…..

You can look forward to a before pic of me for resolution #1 (for accountability). Tasteful of course (no pics of me in my underware!).  I will even post my weight!  Scary!

I will be working on all of the resolutions all of the time, so there will be updates on everything every week!  I would love to hear any tips you all might have that could help, and I would love to hear about your resolutions and thier success as well!

Here’s to keeping those resolutions! Bring it on 2013!